11/06/2008 12:00AM

Mean Green goes for three in row


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mean Green seeks his third consecutive stakes victory Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Frost King, and he drew nicely near the outside in the seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

Mean Green finished fourth in two straight stakes heading into the Sept. 1 Simcoe. He came three-wide from a stalking position to win that seven-furlong sprint over Shut It Down and Silver Rocket, and was awarded a 76 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Sid Attard said he felt Mean Green might be up against it when he cut back to six furlongs Oct. 13 in the Bull Page Stakes, but the colt prevailed by a head under Jono Jones.

According to Attard, Jones did not want front-runner Shut It Down to get away from Mean Green, so he tracked the speed.

"He was about two lengths off him, and then made a run," Attard said of Mean Green. "I was surprised, because sometimes when you ride a horse all the way, they don't keep going, but he didn't give up. He's a game son-of-a-gun."

Attard said he is looking forward to running Mean Green around two turns Nov. 29 in the Kingarvie Stakes.

"I really believe he'll go a mile and a sixteenth," he said.

Trainer Nick Gonzalez entered two contenders, Win and Reign and My Bad.

Win and Reign graduated second-time out in the Vandal Stakes, and was a close second to Mine That Bird in the Swynford Stakes. He set the pace before fading badly in the stretch most recently in the Grade 3 Summer Stakes going a mile on turf.

Gonzalez said he believes Win and Reign's Summer performance is best forgotten.

"It was a very tough spot," said Gonzalez. "Utterly Cool came out of the race, and dominated in the Cup and Saucer Stakes. We were trying to rate him, and he was kind of rank. It was a failed experiment."

My Bad won his maiden second-time out over six furlongs, after ending up third in his five-furlong opener.

"He came to us late, but from the day he started galloping, he's never taken a bad step," said Gonzalez. "He never got sick, or had any shins. When he debuted under the lights on a Wednesday night, he didn't get a perfect trip, and they ran ridiculously fast. I knew he wanted to go farther than five-eighths, but it was a good starting point. He really improved two weeks and change later. He won pretty easily."